Introducing a new horse
I'm new to this site. I found it because I had a question :)
We recently introduced a horse to our stable. Our "herd" before the addition, consisted of a sorrel mare, ZsaZsa, and a palomino gelding named Sonny. ZsaZsa is seven years old and Sonny is seventeen. This new horse, T.J., is a twenty-four year old bay gelding.
ZsaZsa is the head horse and she can be a bit of a bossy one. Sonny is very laid back and extremely submissive.
We introduced T.J yesterday and suffice to say, it was a little bumpy. T.J. is not dominate at all. However he did trump Sonny.
I'm just curious, how long does it typically take for the horses to accept each other? ZsaZsa wont let T.J. near Sonny. She keeps herding Sonny away and biting and kicking at T.J.
So how long do you think it'll take for them to get along and for T.J. to be accepted?
We've introduced horses before, but they've always gotten along after about five minutes. Will they accept each other in a week? Two? How long do you think?